Light Reading

Indian Mobile Carriers Add 8.4M Subs

Light Reading
LR Mobile News Analysis
Light Reading

Indian operators are routinely racking up more than 8 million new mobile customers every month, and February was no exception, with 8.42 million additions bringing the country's total subscriber base to 246 million.

According to figures collected by GSM industry body Cellular Operators Association of India and CDMA organization Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) , India’s nine GSM operators added 6.26 million users and four CDMA operators added 2.16 million. That was slightly less than in January, when they added a total of 8.77 million. (See A Guide to India's Telecom Operators.)

Table 1: Indian mobile subscribers for Feb

Operator Subscribers added in February Total subscribers
Bharti Airtel 2,252,549 59,670,174
Vodafone Essar 1,411,659 42,557,072
Reliance Communications 1,274,109 37,502,607
IDEA Cellular 918,871 22,873,556
Tata Teleservices 861,044 23,402,473
BSNL 824,284 34,572,883
Reliance Telecom 335,857 6,337,835
Aircel 251,367 10,185,182
Spice Communications 141,377 4,084,205
MTNL 108,632 3,121,831
HFCL Infotel 21,873 290,703
BPL Mobile 19,685 1,276,219
Shyam Telelink 1,871 104,866
Total 8,423,178 245,979,606
Source: Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI)

Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL), India’s largest mobile operator, added 2.25 million GSM subscribers to take its total base to 59.7 million. Ranking second is Reliance Communications Ltd. (RCom) , which added 1.61 million subscribers -- 1.27 million on its CDMA network and nearly 336,000 on its GSM network operated by subsidiary Reliance Telecom -- ending the month with 43.8 million.

Vodafone India in third is closing in on Reliance, adding 1.41 million users for a total of 42.56 million.

State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) accounts for most of the dip in subscriber growth as it signed up 824,000 more GSM subscribers, down from the 1.18 million additions it reported in January. The carrier's growth continues to be hampered by a lack of spare capacity and its difficulties in procuring new network equipment, but it has recently placed orders with Nortel Networks Ltd. and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) to add capacity for 5 million new lines. (See BSNL Goes for More GSM Gear.)

Based on the COAI's numbers, GSM operators gained the most new subscribers in the regions of the country known as "B circles," which cover towns and villages rather than the large cities included in "A circles." B circles accounted for 2.42 million new subscribers, compared with 2.05 million additions from A circles. Metro circles -- the cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata -- accounted for 687,000, while the more rural villages in C circles accounted for 1.1 million new customers.

In addition to the mobile figures, according to AUSPI, BSNL also had 4.33 million subscribers using CDMA-based wireless local loop (WLL) technology, up by 92,000 over January. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) had close to 282,000, up from 272,000.

— Nicole Willing, Reporter, Light Reading

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:06:49 PM
re: Indian Mobile Carriers Add 8.4M Subs
This year is no exception either. While most mobile carriers are seeing a slow in subscriptions a bit in the United States, Indian operators are racking up new mobile customers.
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:06:46 PM
re: Indian Mobile Carriers Add 8.4M Subs
thats quite something you have rummaged out... definitely India seems to be adding subs in leaps and bounds... New entrants would start rolling in services, 3G would kick in, mobile branding, managed services for vendor, loads of competition and drop dead tariffs. This is going to dominate Indian Telecom Industry for the next 2 years 2009 and 2010 would see all of this and much more. Makes sense for all the biggies to FOCUS.
From The Founder
The comms industry is rallying to the cause of open, independent interoperability testing.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Interviews
Top Tips for FTTH Operators

10|8|15   |   02:26   |   (0) comments

At Gigabit Europe 2015, Ventura Team co-founder Richard Jones talks about some of the key business case considerations for FTTH network operators.
LRTV Interviews
M-net Calls for FTTx Unity

10|8|15   |   03:45   |   (0) comments

At the Gigabit Europe event, Jörn Schoof from M-net, the Munich city network operator, calls for industry collaboration on fiber broadband access rollouts.
LRTV Documentaries
The Business Case Challenge for NFV

10|7|15   |   03:47   |   (0) comments

Virtual CPE is one of the early success stories for network functions virtualization, as service providers are finding flexible, programmable CPE solves a lot of logistics problems and reduces their cost. But even here, Masergy Communications faced a business case challenge, says CTO Tim Naramore.
LRTV Interviews
JT Offers Some Gigabit Lessons

10|7|15   |   4:08   |   (1) comment

Barna Kutvolgyi, managing director, Global Consumer, at JT, the incumbent operator on the island of Jersey, talks about how other service providers can learn from his company's gigabit broadband rollout experiences.
LRTV Interviews
AT&T's Chiosi on the Potential of Open Source

10|6|15   |   06:27   |   (0) comments

AT&T Distinguished Network Architect Margaret T. Chiosi talks to Light Reading's Carol Wilson about the potential for open source technology to liberate communications service providers.
LRTV Interviews
Network Security in a Gigabit World

10|6|15   |   05:52   |   (0) comments

Masergy's James Harrison talks about some of the network security and data center issues network operators need to consider as they expand their broadband services portfolios.
LRTV Documentaries
Telefónica: In Search of Virtual Simplicity

10|5|15   |   07:30   |   (0) comments

Francisco-Javier Ramon Salguero, head of Telefónica's NFV initiative, admits virtualization initially means greater complexity, but with the right abstraction layer, it is possible to create a services-driven network architecture. He explains how Telefónica's current trials and initiatives are aimed at doing that, and what his company and other carriers need to ...
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit Europe Takeaways

10|5|15   |   03:47   |   (0) comments

Participants from the inaugural Gigabit Europe event in Munich share their key takeaways from the conference.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Intel Urges Women to Take Advantage of Their Seat at the Table

10|5|15   |   4:27   |   (1) comment

Have inclusive and constructive conversations, attach a bigger meaning to your work and get involved in the cause, Intel's Monique Hayward advises women in comms.
LRTV Interviews
BT Updates on Plans

10|2|15   |   03:16   |   (2) comments

Peter Bell, CIO at Openreach, the access network division at UK incumbent BT, provides an update on the operator's trials and how Openreach is planning to deploy the broadband technology in its street cabinets.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Sonus Shakes Up SD-WAN

10|2|15   |   7:22   |   (0) comments

Sonus CTO Kevin Riley sat down with Light Reading to discuss the trajectory of the company, its SDN ambitions and why Sonus is taking a market-disruptive approve to SD-WAN.
LRTV Interviews
CityFibre's Gigabit Vision

10|1|15   |   03:18   |   (1) comment

Mark Collins, director of Strategy & Public Affairs at competitive UK city network operator CityFibre, talks about his company's plans to help build Gigabit Cities.
Upcoming Live Events
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Network appliances have a strong value proposition in today's networks and will continue to do so in the NFV and SDN-enabled networks of tomorrow.
Hot Topics
Eurobites: Dunroamin'
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 10/2/2015
M&A Speculation Swirls Around Juniper
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 10/6/2015
Cisco's Chambers Rules Out Political Bid
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/6/2015
Infinera Fleshes Out Its Metro 100G Story
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 10/7/2015
AT&T Gets Green Light for VoWiFi
Brian Santo, Senior editor, Test & Measurement / Components, Light Reading, 10/7/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With so many new and exciting communications technologies now under development, it's easy to get caught up in the industry's escalating hype cycle. That's why the ...
Last week saw a big day in the 15-year history of Light Reading when Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre and I were invited to interview the Deputy Chairman and Rotating ...
Cats with Phones
"What?! I'm on with Finisar about their stock price tanking" Click Here